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Riding Run Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.2 mile 5.2 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 422' 129 m
Descent: -383' -117 m
High: 1,013' 309 m
Low: 749' 228 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Maggie Olson

Lots of steep climbs and technical portions—and incredible views.

Maggie Olson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildlife

Description

Beginning at the Everett Covered Bridge, the Riding Run Trail ascends a short slope before plateauing onto a wide path that gradually leads you uphill, elevating you above the valley that slides off to your right. The trail traverses an old township road through a forest of white oaks, sycamores, ferns, and an occasional conifer. And, toward the end, toe-scrunching downgrades and serpentine curves will remind you why Riding Run is rated as a moderate-to-difficult bridle trail.

What Makes It Great:

For about two miles of the four-mile trail, you’ll feel like Little Red Riding Hood wandering through the forest. But instead of a wolf, you’ll encounter deer flies, pileated woodpeckers, and rabbits. Coyotes patrol the park as well, but you’re more likely to hear them than see them.

A little ways down the trail you won’t be able to miss all the vines twisting into abstract art, two sturdy pedestrian bridges awaiting footsteps, and a monolithic oak. Unfortunately, roots and other trip hazards render this trail very challenging for children and folks who are unsteady on their feet.

Who Will Love It:

Anyone looking to work up a good sweat. Clevelanders who moved downtown to renounce a stop-and-go commute but still want to retreat to the woods once in a while will like the quick half-hour highway drive to the trailhead. Injury-prone people and those who are afraid of losing their wi-fi connection will like the fact that Everett Road and Wheatley Road border two-thirds of Riding Run, making civilization just a hop, skip, and jump away. Those who like nature but don’t want to be touched by it won’t have to dodge low-hanging branches or trudge through tall, possibly tick-filled grass.

Flora & Fauna

You'll likely see woodpeckers, eastern bluebirds, and other stunning birds along this trail.

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Jun 4, 2019
Mike M
May 11, 2019
Max Wallace
time is approximate, map states 4.6 miles. 3.2mi — 2h 30m
Jan 5, 2019
Abby Cipar
Sep 22, 2018
Kelley Timothy
Apr 22, 2018
Brandon Mulcahy
Morning hike up Riding Run then onto Perkins trails. 2.5mi
Oct 22, 2017
Marc Robbins
Oct 7, 2017
E B
Jun 12, 2017
Brandon Higgins

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Furnace Run trail, CVNP
Aug 6, 2019 near Peninsula, OH
Furnace Run trail, CVNP
Aug 6, 2019 near Peninsula, OH
Furnace Run trail, CVNP
Aug 6, 2019 near Peninsula, OH
One of several huge, astonishing trees that can be spotted along the trail.
Apr 20, 2016 near Richfield, OH
Towering trees line almost every step of this trail. Photo by NPS/DJ Reiser
Apr 20, 2016 near Richfield, OH

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